Category Archives: Research

Beyond Google – other sources for free books.

Old books – the genealogist’s friends We’re all so used to using Google books to search for digital copies of family history related books that it’s easy to forget there are other sources. Project Gutenberg has over 30,000 free ebooks … Continue reading

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Scottish trade directories go online have just announced the addition of the Slater’s Royal National Commercial Directory of Scotland for 1889 to their collection of trade directories. From their announcement: Familyrelatives is proud to announce the addition of over a quarter of a million … Continue reading

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Scottish registers of aliens

Although the various registers of aliens held by The National Archives in Kew have been fairly well covered in family history magazines, I’ve never heard of any similar records held in Scottish archives…. until today. As usual, I was looking … Continue reading

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It’s all his fault

I got interested in family history because of this man. His name is Robert Dunlop, he was born in Ayrshire in 1848, the oldest of seven children born to a colliery engineman and his wife, and he was my great-grandfather … Continue reading

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Historic Irish maps go online

One of the hardest things to do when we find an ancestor in an unfamiliar state, county or country is to get an idea of how the physical locations relate to each other – or it is for me, but … Continue reading

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We will remember them: William McKenzie Combe

William McKenzie Combe, son of Angus McDonald Miller Combe and Mary Ann McKenzie; husband to Isabella Rankine and father of Mary McKenzie Combe. Born on 12 March 1895 at 11 St John Street, Edinburgh. Enlisted on 19 July 1915 in … Continue reading

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Summary of WWI records available online

Since Remembrance Sunday is tomorrow, now seems a good time to pull together a summary of the World War One records that are available online. Medal Roll Index Cards These were generated by the Army and list a man’s entitlement … Continue reading

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Census street indexes for England and Wales

Anyone who used to search the census returns for England and Wales at the old Family Records Centre in London before its closure in 2008 would have been used to the large binders of street indexes to the 1841-1891 census … Continue reading

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Transcribing digital images

Thanks to Alex over at winging it, I’ve discovered some free software to help with transcribing text from the digitised images of records that we’re all using now It’s called Transcript and displays the digitised image in the top half … Continue reading

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Meet the ancestors!

Meet George Calder who was born in Wick, Caithness in 1842. ┬áHe emigrated to the USA in 1870, when he was 28, and married and had a family there. At the age of 80, he decided to return to Scotland … Continue reading

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